Floyd County now a Test Iowa pickup spot; 7-day COVID-19 positive test average 0.0%
By Bob Steenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning today (Friday) Floyd County Public Health will be partnering with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the State Hygienic Laboratory to be a Test Iowa pick-up site.
Anyone can stop by the Floyd County Public Health Office to receive a free COVID-19 test kit that will allow collecting a saliva sample at home, returning the sample by UPS, and then receiving results by email.
Each kit will include step-by-step instructions, including how to activate the test kit, collect the sample, return the sample to the state lab, and when to expect results.
Floyd County Public Health is requesting that people do not come into the office to pick up the free test kits, but instead call upon arrival at the office and a Public Health staff member will bring a kit out to your vehicle.
The number to call is 641-257-6147. Pick-up hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Also on Friday, people attending the Floyd County Fair will be able to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccinations were also offered Thursday.
“We will have Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID vaccine available,” Public Health announced. Nursing staff will be located by the Emergency Management trailer to administer the vaccine, and Floyd County Public Health signs will be posted.
For more information call Floyd County Public Health at 641-257-6111.
There currently has not been a positive test result for COVID-19 in Floyd County since July 6, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 data website. Since the beginning of July there has been just one positive test result, out of 309 tests given. The seven-day rolling average of positive test results is currently 0.0%
According to the latest information available on that website, there have been 6,603 persons in Floyd County who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, either through the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
An additional 333 persons have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination.
Everyone age 12 and older is currently eligible to be vaccinated, and according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimate, there are 13,315 residents in Floyd County age 12 and over.
Based on that and with 6,603 persons fully vaccinated, 49.6% of the eligible population in Floyd County has been vaccinated.
Those state numbers differ slightly from the county-by-county vaccination statistics available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to that organization, the number of fully vaccinated residents of Floyd County (age 12 and older) is 6,671, representing 50.1% of the eligible population.
According to the CDC, 76.4% of the residents in the county age 65 and older have been fully vaccinated.